No matter the type of vehicle you use to travel through Georgia’s streets – convertible, golf cart, scooter, or otherwise – all operators of vehicles are required to adhere to the same standard care level so that others may enjoy the open road and the sunshine. Georgia’s living communities and weather make it a great location to operate recreational vehicles such as golf carts for the purpose of traveling from one point to another.
However, should a driver act irresponsibly or negligently, innocent pedestrians, passengers, and other bystanders can be severely injured if the driver causes an accident with his or her golf cart. Contact Van Sant Law, LLC today if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving your golf cart or the vehicle of another party. We can help to answer your questions and offer you the experienced representation for which you may be searching.
While many may not believe that golf carts are particularly dangerous, these vehicles can harm or kill innocent bystanders. In communities such as Peachtree City, Georgia residents and visitors are legally allowed to operate and own golf carts but only on certain roadways and designated pathways. Residents may operate the golf carts on the 90-mile pathways.
As a result of fast-growing and large communities in Georgia, many people opt for a golf cart as a primary or secondary mode of transportation. As a result of the increase of these vehicles on streets and pathways, there is a greater chance that pedestrians, automobiles, and golf carts will be involved in serious and devastating accidents.
There are several types of accidents in which a golf cart may be involved, such as automobile collisions, pile-ups involving multiple golf carts, single-cart wrecks, and rollovers at intersections, crosswalks, or parking lots. Additionally, many of Georgia’s golf cart accidents happen due to reckless or negligent driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, underage drinking, and distracted driving.
Most golf carts in Georgia are equipped with turn signals and headlights, and cannot be driven more than 20 miles per hour. It takes a great deal of focus and care to operate a golf cart, and if a driver is irresponsible, he or she can cause severe and life-threatening complications injuries. Many golf cart injuries are particularly severe because these vehicles do not have safety features such as anti-locking brakes, airbags, or seat belts. As a result, a victim may suffer from:
- Wrongful death
- Spinal cord or brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Neck, back, or facial injuries
- Knee or shoulder injuries
It may also be in your best interest to seek legal counsel if there is a chance that the golf cart incident occurred for more than one reason. While the other driver may be held responsible for negligence or reckless driving, you may also be entitled to pursue a claim against the manufacturer of the golf cart if defective tires or brakes are determined to be the cause of the incident.
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Van Sant Law, LLC has handled numerous claims involving personal injury and product liability, and we will diligently work to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. While you might consider pursuing a claim on your own, we urge you to seek legal counsel prior to accepting any offers or settlements from the allegedly responsible party or his or her insurance company. Van Sant Law, LLC can thoroughly investigate the golf cart accident before we speak to the insurance adjusters who have been assigned to the case. Call us today at (404) 991-5950 or fill out our free, no-obligation contact form.